• 5 Cents 2017, Canada, Elizabeth II, 150th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Living Traditions
  • 5 Cents 2017, Canada, Elizabeth II, 150th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, Living Traditions
Description

Canada turned 150 in 2017 and the RCM struck new designs on 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, loonie and toonie coins to commemorate the anniversary.

A national design contest, My Canada, My Inspiration, kicked off in March 2015 when the RCM asked Canadians to create new designs from five theme perspectives: Our Wonders, Our Character, Our Achievements, Our Passions, and Canada’s Future. The public cast more than 1 million votes for designs that numbered in the thousands. The finalists in each class were determined by the RCM and a panel of notable Canadians. Canadians then voted and selected a final design for each category in September 2015.

Obverse

Fourth portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, when she was 77 years old, facing right and surrounded by the inscription.

Below is the Canada 150 logo. The logo is composed of a series of diamonds, or “celebratory gems”, arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Additional diamonds extend out from the base to create nine more points—in total representing the 13 provinces and territories. Created by Ariana Cuvin from Toronto, Ontario, the logo was the winning design in a nation-wide competition.

Dei Gratia Regina (often abbreviated to D. G. Regina and seen as D·G·REGINA) is a Latin title meaning By the Grace of God, Queen.

Engraver: Susanna Blunt

ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA
SB

Reverse

Depicts a solitary beaver in the northeastern woodland tribes of the Algonkian people.

The beaver has long been the traditional emblem on Canada's five-cent coins. But its power as a symbol of the land goes back thousands of years, deeply connected to the heritage of First Nations people.

Engraver: Gerald Gloade

CANADA
1867-2017
GG
5 CENTS

Edge

5 Cents

4th portrait, Silver Proof
KM#
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.9999
Weight 5.4 g
Diameter 21.2 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)

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